Locked In: First Descent of the Beriman Gorge
Directed by Bryan Smith & David Pearson
Canada, 2015, 24 minutes
Tues Feb 14 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
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Located just a few degrees south of the equator, Papua New Guinea is a tapestry of virgin rainforest, unique culture and expansive coastline. Pouring out of the Nakanai Plateau is the Beriman River. Stretching over 40km from source to sea, the river drops over 2,000m to the Solomon Sea. The towering canyon walls make it an unexplored mystery until now. Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, Ben Marr and Pedro Oliva set out to conquer these whitewater rapids, the likes of which no kayakers have navigated before. In a 13-day expedition from source to sea they push their skills and patience to the edge. Twelve distinct gorges chock full of class 5 rapids, inescapable vertical walls, rising water levels and dense, virgin jungle all stand in the way of them being able to achieve a successful first descent – one of the most significant undertakings in a kayak.
Bryan Smith is an award winning filmmaker based out of Squamish, British Columbia. His first documentary, 49 Megawatts, received acclaim both for its amazing kayaking footage and insightful exploration of the controversy over British Columbia’s river based energy production. Bryan has built on his adventure film roots and developed a strong reputation in both TV documentary and commercial cinematography. With a knack for story telling, proven ability to assemble great teams and an insane work ethic his client list has grown to include National Geographic, Discovery, Disney, BBC, Red Bull Media House, Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing, Arcteryx and more. In the past few years Bryan has directed and produced several feature length documentaries including The Man Who Can Fly for National Geographic and most recently Frozen Titans, The Crystal Labyrinth and The Rockies Traverse for Red Bull Media House.